Natural Heritage Inventory Forthcoming

            Sometime this spring, Montgomery County residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the natural communities that form their natural environment.  The Montgomery County Natural Heritage Inventory, a biological inventory prepared by botanist Moni Bates, will be presented to County Commissioners and made available to the public at the local library. 

            The Natural Heritage Inventory is important for several reasons.  Foremost, it provides the opportunity for local citizens to gain a better understanding of local plants and animals.  Secondly, the inventory provides a ranking system for respective communities based upon each area’s rarity.  Third, the compilation of information can be used by local government officials to make better-informed decisions when evaluating potential land changing projects.  Finally, the inventory offers concrete evidence of the uniqueness of Montgomery County .  For example, the inventory concludes that Montgomery contains over twenty sites described as having either National of State Significance.  In comparison, Randolph County failed to register a Nationally Significant site and only a handful of State Significant Sites.  Compared to other counties throughout the state, it is readily apparent that Montgomery County contains a wealth of native, natural communities, especially when compared to neighboring counties in the Piedmont . 

            Much of the high rankings bestowed upon Montgomery County can be directly contributed the Uwharrie National Forest being located here.  However, these rankings can also be attributed to Montgomery County ’s location within the state.  You often hear the saying that so-and-so helps hold the world together.  Well, in this case, Montgomery County is that so-and-so.  The county lies in the midst of a transition area between the Piedmont and Sandhills.  In fact, you can find examples of both located within the county’s boundaries.  To make things more unique, the Uwharrie Mountains span the western portion of the county to provide an even more unique area within the Piedmont .  All of these factors combine to form a very special place within North Carolina .  Not just for its people, but also for the many rare plants and animals that call it home.